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16 October

Average wages have fallen by £50 a week in real terms since 2008

New analysis from TUC shows that average weekly earnings have fallen for the seventh year running - the longest period since records began in the 1850s.

16 October, 2014

15 October

Government publishes independent review of the law governing industrial disputes by Bruce Carr QC

However, in foreword to report, Mr Carr regrets that he has been unable to fully deliver against the Terms of Reference set by government and to make proposals or recommendations for change 'due to the increasingly political environment within which I was operating coupled with the lack of a significant enough body of evidence to support any recommendations for change'.

15 October, 2014

Lord Freud apologises for ‘foolish and offensive’ comments about disabled people and minimum wage

BBC reports on 'full and unreserved' apology from Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud for saying, at Conservative Party conference fringe meeting, that some disabled people were 'not worth' paying the national minimum wage.

15 October, 2014

Scottish Government creates Fair Work Convention

Alex Salmond announces formation of stakeholder body to provide leadership on Scottish industrial relations and promote the principles behind fair work, as recommended by the Working Together Review.

15 October, 2014

Government submits evidence to Low Pay Commission for 2015 national minimum wage rate

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson says that Commission being asked to consider how to ensure apprentices are being paid the right wage and 'how we can increase the real value of the national minimum wage, without having an adverse impact on jobs'.

15 October, 2014

13 October

DWP announces new ‘Fit for Work’ service

Department says that service will start later this year to provide an occupational health assessment and health and work advice to employees, employers and GPs to help people return to or stay in work after an illness.

13 October, 2014

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

13 October, 2014

DWP launches £2m competition for retail and hospitality firms to increase staff earnings

Companies invited 'to develop and test ideas to help their low-paid staff to progress in their careers while benefiting their business'.

13 October, 2014

6 October

Employees taking more time off to care for children or older relatives

Guardian reports on survey by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Simplyhealth which found that one in three employers report increase in absenteeism due to employees needing time for caring responsibilities.

06 October, 2014

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

06 October, 2014

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